Children in Scotland warn of stagnation, not success on child poverty

Date: 13th June 2013
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

Children in Scotland warn of stagnation and not success on child poverty, after Scotland's Chief Statistician released the Poverty and Income Inequality figures for Scotland in the year 2011/12 on 13th June 2013.

Commenting on the publication, Jackie Brock, Chief Executive of Children in Scotland said:

"The figures published today indicate the number of children living in absolute and relative poverty in Scotland has remained stagnant, essentially flatlining since 2010. In addition, the figures do not fully represent the complexity of the issue and the stark realities facing families whose household incomes have fallen - or will fall - as a result of welfare benefit reductions now underway, local authority cuts and wage stagnation, or reduction"

The Poverty and Income Inequality publication shows that the number of children living in relative poverty has fallen in Scotland between 2009-10 and 2011-12, yet Scotland's Deputy First Minister warned that there is no room for complacency.